Duane Elling

Communications Officer — Special Projects


Joined Mott in 2000

Duane Elling


Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Mott Foundation Building
503 S. Saginaw St., Suite 1200
Flint, Mich. 48502-1851


Raised in a small farming community in Michigan’s Thumb Region, Duane Elling was in his late teens when he first visited Mott’s hometown of Flint. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint, where he also tutored in the school’s writing lab and, as editor of the student newspaper, learned the seductive and terrifying power of the red pen. After a brief detour to the university’s Ann Arbor campus, where he earned a master’s degree in social work administration, Elling returned to the Vehicle City. He held positions at the American Red Cross Genesee-Lapeer Chapter and the Shelter of Flint, Inc. before joining Mott in August 2000 as a communications officer. He has since served on the boards of local nonprofits, introduced others to the positive energy fueled by the city’s downtown revitalization and eaten more than his fair share of Flint-style Coney dogs.